The gods were once disputing whether
it was possible for a living being
to change its nature.
Jupiter said "Yes," but Venus
said "No." So, to try the
question, Jupiter turned a Cat into
a Maiden, and gave her to a young
man for a wife.
The wedding was duly performed and
the young couple sat down to the
"See," said Jupiter, to
Venus, "how becomingly she
behaves. Who could tell that
yesterday she was but a Cat? Surely
her nature is changed?"
"Wait a minute," replied
Venus, and let loose a mouse into
No sooner did the bride see this
than she jumped up from her seat and
tried to pounce upon the mouse.
"Ah, you see," said Venus, "Nature
Moral of Aesop's Fable:
"Nature will out"